Notes: Beware of the NHTSA complaint data for the 2003 Camry. It is almost certainly misleading.

The problem with NHTSA data for the 2003 Camry is that for months on end, the news media repeatedly told the public that several Toyota models had an unintended acceleration defect, & to go to (the NHTSA's website) to file a complaint.

So, the NHTSA received a disproportionate number of complaints about Toyota unintended acceleration issues because of the national news media attention, to the point where their data is unreliable taken in context with any other vehicle that did not receive national news attention. typically receives more complaints per day about vehicles than the NHTSA does, but the news media did not repeatedly say "go to to report your Camry acceleration problems" like they did about the NHTSA -- so although we have less complaint data than the NHTSA for the 2003 Camry, our data for the Camry is a far more statistically accurate representation of the Camry's reliability than what the NHTSA data shows.


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
29,485 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

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2003 Toyota Camry Owner Comments

problem #5

Jul 142006


  • miles


Have a 2002 Camry and I have now purchased my third inside door latch. Toyota must have discovered they have a problem because the newer Camry's are metal. I would hope the NHTSA would give consumers some help with this problem.

- Sanford, NC, USA

problem #4

Jul 202005

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 37,926 miles
The contact stated the automatic door locks were defective. The dealer replaced both front door lock actuators, which corrected the problem with the door locks. After a while, both rear door locks failed. The dealer has not inspected the vehicle to determine the cause of the problem. The power window was inoperative. Updated 01/11/06.

- Stoney Point, NY, USA

problem #3

Dec 042005

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 42,000 miles
Inside door latch on 2002 Camry made of plastic and break for no apparent reason. I have purchased 3 for my car. I am afraid that in an accident situation that the handle could break preventing exiting the car.

- Sanford, NC, USA

problem #2

Mar 102005

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 38,500 miles
For past 6 months my power door locks take turns not working. Sometimes they stop working in two at a time and remain broken for a couple of weeks. There are time when they will not even open manually(even from the inside). This is very scary in the event I need to get out and cannot because of the locks. It usually starts with the left front, then left front and rear, then left rear, left and right rear, then right rear, right rear and right front, then right front, then right and left front doors. Then they will all work fine for a month. It appears, to me, to be some type of short in the wiring.

- Julian, NC, USA

problem #1

Jun 152005

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 29,000 miles
Door would not open on driver's side or any of the other doors, consumer could not unlock the doors with key or lock button. The transmitter would not respond either. Before when it would get real hot the transmitter wouldn't work and lights wouldn't work. But could open the doors and get out. Last night had to crawl out the window to get out of the vehicle.

- Buffalo , SC, USA

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